Truck accidents happen daily in the United States. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over 116,000 crashes involved large trucks or buses in 2017. That’s a 4% increase from 2016. On top of that, almost 5,000 of those crashes were fatal. Sadly, Texas is one of the states where a high percentage of fatal truck accidents occur. These accidents are dangerous for everyone involved. With this in mind, what are the most common types of accidents? What should drivers look out for when they are on the road?
One of the most common types of accidents is jackknife accidents. While not always deadly, they are dangerous and cause a hazard on the road. Jackknife refers to an accident in which the truck is swung perpendicular to the trailer it’s hauling. These often occur when the driver of the truck is speeding, braking, and steering improperly. Of course, these are not the only factors that may cause a truck to jackknife.
Semi-trucks are much more likely to roll over than normal passenger cars. Over 40 percent of truck driver fatalities are due to trucks rolling over. The most common reason for rollovers is not driving appropriately for road conditions. Speeding on wet or icy roads, combined with a truck’s high center of gravity, makes rollovers much more likely to occur. However, other factors such as improperly loaded cargo and distracted driving are also major factors contributing to rollovers.
Over thirty percent of passenger car deaths are due to a head-on collision with a truck. Collisions with trucks often happen due to the same reason normal collisions happen. Unfortunately, truck accidents aren’t like normal collisions; they’re much more deadly. Due to unethical and sometimes illegal practices, bigger trucking companies work their drivers too much, due to pressure to meet deadlines. This can result in drowsy driving or falling asleep at the wheel.
Hit by an 18-Wheeler?
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